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Leinart sharp, Cardinals fall to Broncos

Aug 30, 2008 - 5:54 AM GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Matt Leinart is making Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt's decision on a starting quarterback very difficult.

The product of Southern California was impressive in leading the Cardinals on a pair of touchdown drives, but the Denver Broncos emerged with a 28-14 victory in the preseason finale for both teams on Friday.

After Kurt Warner started and completed 4-of-4 passes for 48 yards, Leinart was 10-of-14 for 177 yards and engineered two scoring drives in the second quarter. The first, a seven-play, 90-yard march, was capped with a 17-yard touchdown strike from Leinart to tight end Leonard Pope.

After turning over the ball with a fumble during his second possession, the 10th overall pick in 2006 guided the Cardinals to an eight-play, 64-yard drive that was capped by J.J. Arrington's 26-yard TD run that opened a 14-10 lead for Arizona, which visits San Francisco for its season opener on September 7.

The Broncos, who open the season at Oakland on September 8, went ahead midway through the fourth quarter on an 87-yard touchdown strike from Darrell Hackney to Keary Colbert.

Hackney played the entire game for the Broncos, completing 17-of-26 passes for 208 yards and a score.

Rookie running back Anthony Alridge was a workhorse for Denver, carrying the ball 23 times for 110 yards. Michael Pittman had six carries for just eight yards but had a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Jack Williams finished off the scoring by returning an interception 87 yards for a score for the Broncos, who did not play any starters on offense or defense.








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DENVER 3 7 0 18 28
    ARIZONA 0 14 0 0 14 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - FG, MATT PRATER 32 YD, 10:26. DENVER
    3-0
    2ND QUARTER: ARI - TD, LEONARD POPE 17 YD PASS FROM MATT
    LEINART (NEIL RACKERS KICK), 3:35.
    ARIZONA 7-3
    DEN - TD, MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RUN (MATT

    Aug 30 1:10 AM


  • NFL
    TD DEN
    JACK WILLIAMS 89 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    DENVER 28
    ARIZONA 14 5:42 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Broncos 28, Cardinals 14  4th - 5:42Aug 30 12:55 AM


  • NFL
    TD DEN
    KEARY COLBERT 87 YD PASS FROM DARRELL HACKNEY
    (DARRELL HACKNEY RUN FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
    DENVER 21
    ARIZONA 14 8:51 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Broncos 21, Cardinals 14  4th - 8:51Aug 30 12:42 AM
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    Broncos 21, Cardinals 14  4th - 8:51Aug 30 12:42 AM


  • NFL
    FG DEN
    MATT PRATER 38 YD
    DENVER 13
    ARIZONA 14 12:06 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Broncos 13, Cardinals 14  4th - 12:06Aug 30 12:29 AM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DENVER 3 7 0 10
    ARIZONA 0 14 0 14 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - FG, MATT PRATER 32 YD, 10:26. DENVER
    3-0
    2ND QUARTER: ARI - TD, LEONARD POPE 17 YD PASS FROM MATT
    LEINART (NEIL RACKERS KICK), 3:35.
    ARIZONA 7-3
    DEN - TD, MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RU

    Aug 30 12:22 AM
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    Broncos 10, Cardinals 14  HalfAug 29 11:37 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DENVER 3 7 10
    ARIZONA 0 14 14 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - FG, MATT PRATER 32 YD, 10:26. DENVER
    3-0
    2ND QUARTER: ARI - TD, LEONARD POPE 17 YD PASS FROM MATT
    LEINART (NEIL RACKERS KICK), 3:35.
    ARIZONA 7-3
    DEN - TD, MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RUN (M

    Aug 29 11:32 PM
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    Broncos 10, Cardinals 14  HalfAug 29 11:32 PM


  • NFL
    TD ARI
    J.J. ARRINGTON 26 YD RUN
    (NEIL RACKERS KICK)
    DENVER 10
    ARIZONA 14 1:28 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Broncos 10, Cardinals 14  2nd - 1:28Aug 29 11:28 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DENVER 3 7 10
    ARIZONA 0 7 7 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - FG, MATT PRATER 32 YD, 10:26. DENVER
    3-0
    2ND QUARTER: ARI - TD, LEONARD POPE 17 YD PASS FROM MATT
    LEINART (NEIL RACKERS KICK), 3:35.
    ARIZONA 7-3
    DEN - TD, MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RUN (M

    Aug 29 11:23 PM


  • NFL
    TD DEN
    MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RUN
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    DENVER 10
    ARIZONA 7 6:14 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Broncos 10, Cardinals 7  2nd - 6:14Aug 29 11:02 PM


  • NFL
    TD ARI
    LEONARD POPE 17 YD PASS FROM MATT LEINART
    (NEIL RACKERS KICK)
    DENVER 3
    ARIZONA 7 11:25 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Broncos 3, Cardinals 7  2nd - 11:25Aug 29 10:49 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DENVER 3 3
    ARIZONA 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - FG, MATT PRATER 32 YD, 10:26. DENVER
    3-0

    Aug 29 10:41 PM


  • NFL
    FG DEN
    MATT PRATER 32 YD
    DENVER 3
    ARIZONA 0 4:34 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Broncos 3, Cardinals 0  1st - 4:34Aug 29 10:27 PM
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